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Thailand was an amazing, eye-opening experience that has changed my life permanently. I learned so much about myself and cultures around the world. I loved the experience. A big thanks to KEI for my study abroad. The international relations office is exemplary, they are so friendly and helpful. I will recommend to all my friends to study through KEI.

Read more reviews... Richard Horn
Harvey Mudd College

Student life

Bangkok is a fun city with many entertainment and recreational options. Students will find everything from historic sites, pristine beaches, Buddhist park, wildlife, nightclubs, cafes, and much more. In addition to KEI-organized cultural activities and field trips, students are encouraged to participate in campus clubs and events. The MUIC Student Association organizes several clubs, such as art, debate, diving, drama, Karate-Do, Muay Thai, photography, sports and Taekwondo.

Housing & meals

Students live in MUIC-affiliated housing off-campus. The residences provide the opportunity for international students to meet and learn about each other. KEI students usually stay at the Bundit House, although other housing options may be used depending on availability. Bedrooms are double-occupancy bedroom with bathroom. Residences have air conditioning and laundry facilities.

There are several cafeterias and cafes on campus. Additional restaurants and cafes can easily be found near campus and throughout Bangkok. Thai food is relatively inexpensive. You can have a full meal for less than 50 THB (approximately $1.50). Thai food can be spicy or subtle, depending on who prepares it. The ideal Thai meal is a harmonious blend of spicy, subtle, sweet and sour, and equally pleasing to the eye, nose and palate.

Getting around town

There are several ways to get around Bangkok. Taxis are by far the safest and quickest way to travel. And best of all... they are not expensive. An average taxicab ride will cost around $2 to $3.

Buses are another safe mode of transportation. Large buses operate on set routes and can be boarded at any stop. Tickets are inexpensive (10 to 50 cents) and can be purchased on board.

Tuk tuks are another traditional form of transportation, more commonly known as motorized rickshaws. These small vehicles are well-adapted to the tight Bangkok traffic. Fees are negotiated with the driver. Tuk tuks may be fun to try once, but are not the safest mode of transportation. We encourage students to use buses and taxis.

Metro is also available in central Bangkok. Unfortunately, it is limited to the downtown area but there are plans to expand.

Phones & internet

KEI will provide a prepaid mobile phone shortly after arrival in Bangkok. The KEI Onsite Director will explain how to use the phone. The phone will have a small amount of credit to get you started. Additional minutes can be purchased at numerous convenience stores.

The MUIC campus has wireless Internet hotspots. Most residences also have Internet.

Onsite Director Onsite Director Marisa Vinitketkumnuan
Bangkok, Thailand

I was born in Evanston, Illinois but moved to Thailand when I was 6 years old. My family lived in Chiang Mai, a beautiful city in north of Thailand, which we will visit during the program.

I earned Bachelor and Master degrees from Chiang Mai University. Before joining KEI, I worked at Stamford International University in the Student Life Department. My main responsibility was assisting students from all over the world. I enjoy working with students and look forward to helping you make the most of your time in Thailand. I can't wait for you to experience the Land of Smiles.

Do not hesitate to call or email me if you have questions. I am always glad to advise and help.